September 29, 2011

Today is a Wednesdate

Hello everyone! Before anything else, my thoughts and prayers to everyone back home especially to those who have been seriously hit by the recent calamity. Pedring, a national heartache in the form of a super typhoon, has hit our humble island. Made a lot of damages, left a lot of casualties, took a lot of lives. Please recover soon, Republic of the Philippines. I'm just thankful that the storm has passed and now praying for houses, electricity, faith and hearts to be restored.

Midweek excited me more than the weekend this week. Get it? Get it! :) I had it all planned out with my littlest sister last Monday night. It's been a while since our last sisterly bonding and they were mostly just grocery shopping or paying bills which is technically malling since we get them done inside the mall. But not today, I am so happy we were able to do it differently! We both needed this therapy!

I cannot believe we spent 2 solid hours inside H&M!!! There's a massive sale going on and it is a mortal sin to let a sale pass you by! We carefully hoarded the area, systemically picked out the pieces we might want to take home, and then tried them on! Here's us during our first trip to the fitting room!

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We managed to cut down the initial bulk and decided to run another sorting out cos we both only ended up with 1 piece each! Can you imagine the horror of being surrounded with clothes on sale and you can't seem to find pieces you actually like? Worst. Feeling. Ever. So here's us during the second one!

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How I wish my room had this kind of vanity mirror complete with all the light effects!

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And here's a funny story about my eyeglass-less face. I was already running late earlier today and I cannot seem to remember where I put my eyeglasses the night before. It's so hard to look for something without my glasses on so just imagine if it's actually the one missing! Good thing I had my go-to-pair of lenses and that they did not give me a hard time. Even my sister says I look better and more fresh without my glasses but I feel more comfortable with them than with lenses. I will always choose comfort over and above everything else. I am a stubborn fella like that. So here you go, my eye-baggage. In black and white. HA! :D

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I ended up with a few more stuff to add into my growing collection of gray and stripes, a pastel-colored-flowy shorts and a floral asymmetric blouse for only 70DHS, that's a little under Php 800. Can't wait to actually wear them out and pile on excessive accessories! 

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Went home with tired feet but a very happy heart! It's really amazing what retail therapy can do to you. It's almost the same as seeing a cotton candy crush or grabbing an ice cream fix of your fave flave, an instant pick-me-upper. And what better way to do it than do it with my sister! Thank you Anei! I had fun fun fun! Too bad we weren't able to grab a cuppa coffee as originally planned. There were no Sbux in the same mall we are in so we agreed to pass. Coffee can wait. For now, that's just about it for our Wednesdate!

How was yours? I hope it was therapeutic too. In whichever way you prefer! :)

September 28, 2011

SEELEY + JARED


You've known Seeley all your life. He's always been there, a constant whatever. One who gave you a pet pig named Rex because you find it more rational to have than a pet dog. One who offered a guy hug, the kind of hug that means everything is going to be alright, when you chose your career and stay put over a possible long and lasting love because the timing wasn't right. One who showed up on Christmas day with an actual Christmas tree because you couldn't pull enough strings to get one and it's not Christmassy at all without one. One whose presence has always been all over you in your real world but a silent resident of your fantasy world at the same time, so as you wouldn't feel totally alone in both worlds. One who'd need time to think things over without necessarily wanting space, just time, so you'd be free to sit down beside him, have his head rest on your shoulder and spent the rest of his birthday night together.

Then somewhere along the way comes Jared. A one time big time, too good to be true fella who'd eventually sweep you off your feet and catch you off guard. One who'd ask you out on a date because he's required to have an intelligent and attractive woman as an arm candy. One you'd say yes to because he's a break from the ordinary, a handsome break at that, and those lucky breaks don't usually happen a lot to you. One who'd take the risk of kissing of you on your first date without hesitations, without any warning, to justify a point. One who'd sidetrack you from what you thought you've always wanted before meeting him.

A silly. A jarhead. You choose.

I hope I'd be smart enough to choose Sillyness over Jarheadiness. And Temperance said it so well why we all should... "You know know who he is, but forget sometimes, because ... because he never shines the light on himself. He shines it on other people. Anthropology teaches us that the Alpha male is the man wearing the crown, displaying the most colorful plumage, and the shiniest baubles, he stands out from the others. But I now think that anthropology may have it wrong. In working with Seeley, I have come to realize that the quiet man - the invisible man, that man who is always there for friends and family - that's the real Alpha male. And I promise that my eyes will never be caught by those shiny baubles again."

The need to have a Seeley Booth in my life has just been justified and magnified a bajillion times after this episode. I PROMISE, Seeley. I'd know when it's time. And when it's you. And I'd definitely choose you.

September 27, 2011

TCG E04 : The Happy Birthday Girl (Lamesa + Boracay)

I have my whole Emirates fambam to thank for making my September 8 a very memorable one. From my salubong down to the dying seconds of the day. I never planned on going big this day but as I look back now, I'm glad I did. I have finally reached quarter-life and embraced it wholeheartedly. I have photos to prove that too so come join me reminisce!

From Jumeira Beach Residences, Teen and I went straight to downtown Dubai to have dinner and drinks with the rest of the crew at Asiana Hotel, where you can find Lamesa Restaurant (5F) and Boracay Night Club (6F). I thought it was cool to be in two places at once literally since they're just one floor apart! Idoshie picked us up at Burjuman Metro Station and then we met up with Uncle O, Auntie B and my sister Anei at the venue.

Insert embarrassing moments here. When going out on Thursday nights especially in Dubai, brace yourself for a huge crowd you'll encounter. Like this particular time, we had to fall in line before we can get in because we hit the "rush hour" and everybody seems to be headed the same way we were. Plus we didn't know there's a "No ID , No Entry" policy so that just slows down the pace more. When I was about to pull out my ID card, everything went toppling down with it. I had to pick them papers, bills, coins, etc. from the floor. The horror!!! But I just laughed my clumsiness off. What's new.

There were only 2 elevators available so we had to wait for a couple of more minutes for our turn. We headed to Lamesa Restaurant located at the 5th floor first. 

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Lamesa Filipino Restaurant offers buffet meals until 10P and ala carte menu of Filipino cuisine. We ordered the good ole' Crispy Pata and Sizzling Sisig with Marinated Chicken BBQ on the side. Each serving is enough for a group of six save for the chicken bbq. It wasn't written on the menu that it'll be chicken wings so mental note to self, don't order that one next time. They were reasonably priced too, save maybe again for the chicken bbq. :D

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It also offers a good spot to strike a pose just like this one above. HAHA! And a place to belt your hearts out and it'll be valid like that stage back there with all the blue lights and spotlights are at where 150 people can be listening to you when it's a full-house.

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The last three shots were taken along the hallway while waiting for the lift. Next stop, drinks at Boracay Night Club which is just a floor away. Up, up, here we go, goooooo!!!

Insert embarrassing moments again. Well, not really but we had to be held at the entrance cos we didn't have stamps on. ID then, stamps now. We did inform them ushers that we will head out to Boracay after Lamesa so we thought there's no need for anything anymore since she didn't say a thing. Needless to say we had to go back down to be stamped at and then back to the 6F again. Such a hassle. I suggest you guys post them policies on your website so the customers would know what to do when they decide to come and pay a visit. And it wouldn't hurt if the staff will be more informative and considerate the same time. Anywayyy...

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Me, Auntie B, Idoshie and Anei while waiting for our drinks
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My fairygodsisterette who has given me everything I wanted that day and more :)

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Belting out TaySwift's You Belong With Me!!!

The Boracay Night Club staff were all so nice too! From the guy who made sure we get settled in less than 10 minutes prior to our entry and the waitress who managed to even join us in singing Tayswift's song when she saw how we're totally rocking it our own down to 5 bands who were downright entertaining and performed nonstop until 3AM! HIGH FIVE KABAYANS!

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Well, isn't it obvious how much we enjoyed the night? Look at those smiles! Not gonna lie though, I still have reservations about going to superclubs and nightclubs here in Dubai. I haven't had the chance and the guts to join the crowd and hit the dancefloor. I don't know if I'll ever get there but hey! I did dance in place. That's a start. :D

It was a night I never expected. But definitely something I have hoped for and maybe at some point, dreamed of. Thank you so so so much Uncle O, Auntie B, Idoshie, Teenie and Anei for spending September 8 with me and for making sure it was a night of September to remember! Thank You Lord for Your faithfulness and for letting me feel how You're totally in control of my life and that You are really going to make things beautiful but only in Your perfect time.

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First night of being 25!

Hmmm... So this is how it feels like to be twenty-five. I'll take it. So this is quarter-life. I say, bring it!
Love always, The Happy Birthday Girl. xx

September 24, 2011

How To Spend A Friday E01

For most part of the world, people look forward to Fridays because it's the end of a work week and a start of a possible awesome weekend, hence the phrase: Thank God It's Friday! But not in the Emirates and other parts of the Gulf. We pretty much do things differently here - Thursday night is the new Friday night while Friday's the new Saturday AND Sunday.

I finish work at around 10P everyday. But sometimes during Thursdays, when there's no too much rush, my semiboss would let me sneak out earlier. Normally I'd prefer a movie date night or a dinner somewhere with someone since there would be no work the next day. I can stay out all night I want and not be cautious of the time and the day after. But I haven't been normal in so long so what I do is I just walk around with my headphones on and try to walk the furthest possible way going home to kill extra time and clear my mind. And then spend the rest of my day online. That's how I prefer spending Thursday nights nowadays, not that I have much of a choice though.

However, I would like to believe I have been spending Fridays quite 'normally'. Here's a sneak peek of what a typical Offriday looks like for an atypical OFW who happens to be yours truly.

The five of us, Uncle O, Auntie B, Idoshie, Anei and I, would be up and about by 10AM. After some time we would all find ourselves in the kitchen to do some cooking for our brunch. It's only during Fridays that we all get to be home, prepare food and dine together so it has been a routine to help each other out in the kitchen and do some catching up while at it. We also tend to save the main courses for Fridays, for the same reason that we all can enjoy cooking and eating them up altogether.

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For some particular Fridays like today, we gather up in front of the telly to watch a basketball game. Which has always been a Smart Gilas Pilipinas game, our national team. It has become a fam thing after we all got to watch live games of the ten-day-tourney they had here back in January of this year.


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Then we spend the rest of the afternoon doing our own thing until 4P when it'll be the time to prepare for church. We're 4 girls in the family so it's understandable we allot a total of 2 hours for the prepping up, mass is at 630P and travel time + search for a parking slot can take us 30 mins max. This is what I wore going to mass today. I make it a point to wear my dresses when going to church when I can because I remember my old man telling me he loves the fact that his little girls take their time out to look extra nice for Him.

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After hearing mass, we usually dine out or do some malling. Sometimes we'd squeeze in a drink or a night out but that doesn't happen much, only when called for. So for an ordinary Offriday like tonight, we had a buffet din at Comfort Inn Hotel in Dubai. Happy tummy! I swear, their Tiramisu Meltdown is to die for!!!

And then when there happens to be some gas left in my tank, I do this.

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Take silly pictures of myself wearing make up. Which I only get to wear during Offridays - bilang off ni Inday, remember? :D

September 20, 2011

TGAT: Jumeira Beach Residence (JBR)

T'was quite an adventure since we will be commuting our way to JBR from the Burjuman station where Teen and I decided to meet up. Teen's bus ride from AUH while mine's from SHJ. Burjuman's the common point. Also because it will be my first time to ride the Dubai Metro RTA, Emirates' version of Pinas' MRT, only better! It took us about 30 minutes since the train seems to stop every 2 minutes or so, the stations happen to be located a bit too close to each other. One way ticket costs about 6.50 Dhs (Php 71) per head, since our ride will cover 2 zones or more. By the way, if you're a Pinay first-timer just like myself, don't worry! Most of the ticket cashiers are kabayans so it will be easier to ask for info and they're all very accommodating! Represent!

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I used to manually climb a defunct MRT escalator back in Pinas so this is a big deal for me!
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I think you can rent out a yacht and ride one if you wish!
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Jumeira Lake Towers

It's like an entirely different dimension once you enter the JBR vicinity. Once you make that right turn towards The Walk, a strip of restaurants and boutiques, you'll feel like you're in an entirely different city within the city of Dubai.

Teen and I cannot risk wearing shorts in public down here. Unless you want some unnecessary attention and over the top stares thrown your way. So we first looked for the washroom area where we can change into more appropriate clothes. We are every bit of a cowgirl and knows exactly how to get what we want that we even had this mapped out.

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Suddenly Santorini!

Our next mission was to find a place to dine. With a huge selection of Al Fresco Dining the place has to offer, it took us a while to decide. Here's  glimpse of The Walk during daytime.

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I wanted steak and pasta, craving for them actually. So when we spotted Chili's further down the end of the strip, no more thinking, time for some actual eating!

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We went for the unlimited drinks since walking around on a summer in Dubai can dehydrate the hell out of you, we needed to replenish! Then some NY Strip Steak and Cajun Chicken Pasta to satisfy my cravings! It cost us about 180 Dhs in totale but t'was reasonable enough. We were so full after considering there's enough left for take away. Meal's actually good for 4. Too bad our invisible men weren't able to make it! Maybe next year? Hahahaha!

We finished lunch at Chili's around 3P and that's when we finally headed to the open beach.

Fast forward to 5P. After getting an uneven tan. enough dose of beautiful people and huge wave hits, we decided to dry up, watch the sunset and have our coffee fix to pass the time and cap off the day that has been too awesome for words.

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Sunkissed!!!
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By 8P, after a bit too much people-watching and some serious girl talk while sitting on a bench, the time has come to finally call it a day! Now this you got to love, The Walk at night!

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The long winding strip comes to life with all sorts of lights and decorations. Some restaurants even adopted the concept of candle-lit-tables and improvised by using different light colors - blue, red, orange to dictate the vibe! The amount of people around's likely to increase by night too. You'll see some walking their dogs, others jogging around, groups of teenagers just hanging out, colleagues enjoying a cuppa coffee after a day's work, families indulging on a nice dinner. Different strokes for different folks! It was a Thursday when we went there, it's almost the weekend in here so we kind of expected the crowd. It feels so nice to be lost in this city of millions once in a while. Makes you wonder how many people around meet each other here everyday.

If you'll be around Dubai, you might want to give this place a shot. Like I said, a city of its own amidst the actual city. You'll feel a certain kind of hype you don't get to feel everyday especially if you are from the other emirates, Teen and I are originally from Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively. For the first time since we don't know when anymore, we both felt like we belong and everything we ever wanted is just within our reach - beach, good food, beautiful crowd, what more to ask for. It's really possible to be actually happy in every city you go to as long you take charge. It was really a very fine day. As cliche as it may sound, Jumeirah Beach Residence is the place to be! :)

Credits to my friend, Teen, for taking most of the photos I just posted. She's so awesome, yeah? Agreed!
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